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  • Baywood Fall Festival

    The Baywood Fall Festival was held Oct. 7, featuring a day full of fun family activities and a variety of competitions. The event included a pet show, a
    lumberjack competition, log-rolling, wheelbarrow races and archery. There
    were also a variety of kids’ crafts and activities, arts and crafts exhibits and vendor booths, music, food, and a special visit from Smokey the Bear.

  • Sowing the seeds

    GALAX — Since April 2016, Grayson LandCare and Church of the Good Shepherd have been hard at work on their vision, to offer a self-sustained resource for fresh produce and a hub for community service through a fully-stocked and multi-level garden, or “food forest.”

  • Hillsville man dies in parkway crash

    Staff Report

    The National Park Service has concluded its investigation of a fatal crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax on Oct. 7.

    Richard Luke Walker of Hillsville died at the scene, according to a report from Officer David Hynes of the park service. Cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to Tracy Cooper, Western District Administrator of the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke.

  • Spencer unopposed for Carroll school board

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent member and current board chairman Brian E. Spencer is the only candidate for the Pipers Gap District seat on Carroll County School Board for this election.

    School board candidates are all considered independents and do not participate in a primary.

    Spencer has been on the school board for six years, serving all six years as chairman, and serves on the finance committee. He is a former member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    He also was unopposed in his re-election bid for his current three-year term in 2013.

  • Virginia Produce to expand in Carroll County

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Carroll County officials Thursday in an economic development announcement that will lead to 33 new jobs.

    McAuliffe, joined by Dr. Basil Gooden, agriculture and forestry secretary, announced that Virginia Produce Company (VPC) will create 33 new jobs and invest $650,000 to support a major expansion at its produce wholesale facility in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • McCraw, Webb unopposed in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    Voters in Fancy Gap and Laurel Fork will have an easy choice on Election Day, as candidates for seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors are unopposed in both districts.

    Phillip R. McCraw is seeking the Fancy Gap seat, after defeating Ronnie Collins and Greg Spencer in the Republican primary in June. Though they share the same name, McCraw is not to be confused with the current Fancy Gap supervisor, Phil D. McCraw, who is not running for reelection due to his declining health.

  • County has no power to end non-user fees

    HILLSVILLE — A discussion about water fees for non-users evolved into a larger conversation about the limits of power at Monday’s meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    A citizen’s complaint about paying for a service he doesn’t use prompted supervisors to discuss what they can and can’t do — partially as a cautionary tale for candidates running for open seats on the board this November.

  • Larceny, fraud, drugs among Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax included larceny from a home, fraud, drug violations and shoplifting.

    Thomas Allen Ferguson, 49, of Galax, was arrested and charged with felony obtaining money by false pretense by Officer Trevor Jefferson on Oct. 7.

    Jefferson had responded to and investigated a complaint from a Galax business, the police report said. Ferguson is alleged to have used false pretenses to obtain property.

    He is charged with a felony because of previous larceny convictions.

  • Pipers Gap wreck results in damage, minor injuries

    A two-vehicle accident on Pipers Gap Road at about 8 p.m. last Friday night resulted in damage, but only minor injuries to one driver, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    Joseph John McCoy, 23, of Galax, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier when he attempted to make a left turn into a parking lot and struck a 1989 Jeep Wrangler drive by James Ellis Riggins Jr., of Galax, the report said. Riggins’ vehicle spun across the road and struck a fence, which it came to rest against.

  • Boatman challenges in Pipers Gap District

    Phillip Boatman Sr. is an independent candidate for the Pipers Gap District seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 7 election.

    He is challenging incumbent Republican Dr. Tom Littrell.

    Boatman retired as postmaster of Hillsville in 1999 after more than 25 years, and served as a leader on the postmaster selection board. “[Former President] Ronald Reagan appointed me to my first office,” he said.

    Now, he has turned his attention to Carroll, which he believes could be served better through wiser spending and lower taxes.